The Daily Tar Heel

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Saturday September 18th

National Poltics


Why a Polarized America Cannot Rely on Easy Answers

At Tuesday night?s teach-in about the current international crisis, a throng of concerned individuals gathered to hear "an alternate view." Various speakers reiterated issues of vital importance, such as evaluating America?s involvement in the Middle East, explaining antipathy towards the U.S., critiquing media abuse and faulty political rhetoric, and (most dear to me) condemning attacks against Muslim Americans, Arab Americans, andSouth Asian Americans.

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Wanted: High-Tech Hookers For the Future

Open up The Daily Tar Heel classifieds on any given day, and there's an offer: "Seeking healthy females (ages 18 to 33) willing to donate eggs to infertile women. Call or e-mail for information. Please include name and address. $2000 for complete participation. Anonymity is preserved." Let's take a look at this seemingly harmless plea for help.

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Patriotism Greater Than Minor Codes

I just received your notice that the mayor of Chapel Hill is appealing to the town council for a repeal in the decision against Top of the Hill. I find this very encouraging and the mayor has earned my respect. She appears to be able to admit when an injustice has been committed and is willing to stand up for the right thing to do. I respect any public official who may examine the law and weigh the consequences versus the benefits of enforcing it.

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Fans Can Help Aid Victims of Attacks

Football fans attending Saturday's matchup between North Carolina and Florida State can make donations to a new scholarship fund that will benefit families directly affected by the nation's Sept. 11 tragedy. The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund was created to provide assistance for postsecondary education to financially needy children and spouses of those killed or permanently disabled in last week's terrorist attacks.

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Nike Talks Could Finish As Early As Next Month

Talks about labor standards have held up the University's recontracting negotiations with Nike, but officials say the process should wrap up in about a month. Director of Athletics Dick Baddour said the re-negotiation, which began last fall, has been productive and is not under a pressing deadline. The University is currently in the fifth year of a five-year all-sports agreement with Nike. This contract provides all 28 varsity sports with Nike uniforms, warm-up gear, practice gear, shoes and some equipment and is worth between $1.8 million and $2 million.

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Boutique to Fill Franklin St. Vacancy

Taco Bell shut its doors in mid-July, leaving 2,900 square feet of prime real estate at 120 E. Franklin St. vacant. But the boarded-up windows and barren Santa Fe facade of the former Taco Bell will soon be replaced by a new women's clothing store set to open Nov. 1. Construction is under way for XO South Incorporated Ladies Apparel, a retail store that will bring New York fashions to Chapel Hill.

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Musicians Get Exposure Jazzing Up Afternoons

It's Monday. Disjunct sounds of another afternoon jazz combo rehearsal begin. Bass player David Kinton, leans into his strings as pianist Kevin Timmons forcefully hammers on the keys of an aging piano. Looking on with a smile, a playful beat is kept by drummer Charles Battle. Guitarist Gavin Maxwell and vibraphone player Amorn Wongsarnpigoon pass the lead. All five players using eye contact to hold together the ensemble they christened The Back Line.

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Never Take Freedom for Granted

It was hard to be an American on Sept. 11, 2001. And for a week now, things I used to think were important are not. Not even close. Being an American and having freedom has never been more important. But on Sept. 11, 2001, I wasn't sure what was going on at the World Trade Center in New York. So I decided to skip class to see why two planes hit the Twin Towers. It never crossed my mind that the United States was being attacked, nor that I was witnessing history. Until Tuesday around 9 a.m.

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Students Must Not Contribute To Division

I am writing to express my concern with the attitudes that have been expressed in the DTH in the past few issues. First off, let me say that I think it is an abomination that only a week after the worst tragedy in American History, the DTH would have the nerve to publish a ridiculous article concerning the fact that the new Microsoft software prevents one from downloading MP3's and viewing pornography. Is our generation surprised that we are looked upon as apathetic and uninvolved when articles of that caliber are published during tragic times like these?

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Officials Encourage Alcohol-Free Tailgating Activities

Despite University efforts to liven up football Saturdays, officials are still expecting students to play by the rules, particularly those regarding alcohol. Beer and other alcoholic beverages are forbidden at campus athletic events, according to University policy. "The policy on tailgating is the same as it's always been," said UNC Police Chief Derek Poarch. But officials say the University's policy on drinking should not deter students from enjoying themselves before kickoff. Tailgating, they explain, does not necessarily imply alcohol consumption.

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Another Year, Another Shot at Virginia

It was a piercing alarm, a wake-up call that at first shook the team's confidence but eventually served as a rallying point. When the North Carolina men's soccer team lost 3-1 to Virginia on Sept. 24 last season, its players realized there was a need for change. "It was losing to them that made us refocus," UNC defender Chris Leitch said. "They beat us and made us take the mindset that there were better teams out there."

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Offcials Suggest More Security After Laptop Thefts

With a recent increase in reports of laptops being stolen on campus, both students and faculty are having to think not only about shutting down their computers but locking them down as well. On Wednesday, two separate incidents were reported of laptops being stolen from residence halls -- a problem that officials say tends to occur all around campus. Captain Mark McIntyre of the Department of Public Safety said students are not the only victims of campus laptop theft.

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Greens Urge Rejection of Development Plan

The Orange County Greens urge the Chapel Hill Town Council to reject the proposed Development Plan in its entirety. Looking at the state of North Carolina, you appear to be the only body capable of putting the brakes on a University system that has lost sight of its mission and whose plans trivialize its stated goal of being a "world class institution." We offer the following for your consideration:

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Rights not Threatened By Microsoft

What rights are these, Josh, that are being "threatened" by the many computing monopolies? It seems to me that the Sherman Anti-trust Act is a champion against the nasty behemoth-like monopolies of the free market, but what do you do when there are two behemoths in one industry? I dont know which is worse, the "influence that Microsoft has on the world's hardware, software, and media industries" or the "IBM monopoly" that has served us these "damned Carolina Computing Initiative laptops". The US Department of Justice had better start dropping bombs

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RDU to Delay Expansion, Cut Workers

Planned construction at Raleigh-Durham International Airport has been put on hold indefinitely after severe flight cuts, an airline shutdown and a massive decrease in ticket sales resulting from last week's terrorist attacks. RDU already has cut 115 flights per day in and out of the airport because of the shutdown of Midway Airlines, which had a major hub at the airport. More flight cancellations could follow as a result of decreasing ticket sales.

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Filling an Information Void, Serving a Community

Tony Quirk spends two hours every Monday morning preparing an e-mail aimed at helping 1,600 Triangle residents plan their social schedules. As coordinator for the Local Events Listserv, the Chapel Hill resident compiles a calendar and other information for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Coming-out support groups, AIDS awareness activities and social gatherings at local night clubs are some of the events listed. Quirk said he knows there is a tremendous need for the listserv because of his experience when he came to Chapel Hill two years ago.

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Barometer 09/21/01

Turf Wars Chapel Hill residents are still up in arms over the University's plans to buy part of the Mason Farm Road neighborhood. The two parties plan to finally settle the matter with a game of rock, paper, scissors. Mo' Money Student Congress recently found $18,000 in funds it thought had been lost. Congress can now get back to the business of not doing anything remotely useful. Pay Up

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